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December 19, 2013

Central conducts Christmas decorating contest

THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central High School got into the holiday spirit with a door decorating contest for teachers and students.

 “We hoped that the contest would be a good idea to spread a little Christmas/holiday cheer, to promote increased participation in SWAYJ, and to make the school more festive for the children who participated in SWAYJ,” said Teresa Carver, contest coordinator.

 Teachers and students had a week to decorate their doors before judges picked the ultimate winner on Dec 13. Shop With A Yellow Jacket, or SWAYJ, was held Saturday.

 Judges were TCCHS staff members who did not have a classroom door and who could remain unbiased, Carver said. Criteria for judging included originality, creativity, use of holiday theme, use of an instructional component, use of lights/sound/motion, interactive elements, and other special consideration.

 “Each area was scored on a scale of 1 to 10,” she said.

Ashley Olson’s door won the contest. Olson, along with the help of her students, was able to put together a door that wasthree-dimensional and interactive.

 Features of the door included ornaments, lights and even an “elf yourself” window where students could put their face in the space provided and suddenly transform into one of Santa’s little helpers.

 “I love being creative so I was really excited the time and effort paid off,” said Olson of winning the contest.

 Student Ashlynne Bailey helped decorate Olson’s door.

 “It is adorable and it was really fun to put together,” she said.

 Second-place winner Mrs. Patton felt the contest was a great idea.

 “It got my students in the holiday spirit, and it showed me how well my students are at working together,” she said.

 The contest is over this year, but many students hope the school has it next year.

 “It got me in the Christmas spirit and made the school seem more cheerful,” said student Emily Dukes.

 Carver thanked all involved for making the contest a success.

 “Everyone who decorated their doors needs to be thanked for making time to bring a little extra cheer into the lives of students who may not have much cheer otherwise,” she said. “You can’t help but to smile when you pass by the doors!”

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